Fun Facts Friday: Bret Harte
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 25, 2017

Bret Harte (25 August, 1836 – 5 May, 1902) was a short story writer whose stories featured the people of the California Gold Rush. 1)      Even though he is associated with the west and western stories, Mr. Harte was born in Albany, New York as Francis Brett Hart. 2)      The author’s father, an orthodox Jewish immigrant, was a successful merchant and one of the founders of the New York Stock Exchange, changed the last name to Harte. 3)      When he was 11 years old, Mr. Harte published a humorous poem called “Autumn Musings”. Sadly, the publication attracted ridicule from his family and is now lost. 4)      In 1853, Mr. Harte moved to a coastal town in California called Union (today’s Arcata) which acted as a provisioning center for mining camps. 5)      Some of the odd jobs he held were minter, messenger, teacher, journalist and guarding treasure boxes on stagecoaches for the Wells Fargo & Co. Express. 6)      When his poem “Plain Language from Truthful James” was published in the Overland Monthly (September 1870), Mr. Harte became a celebrity almost overnight. The poem was later republished as “The Heathen Chinee”. 7)      In 1871 Mr. Harte moved back to New York (and later to Boston) to be close with…

Fun Facts Friday: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 18, 2017

Alain Robbe-Grillet (18 August, 1922 – 18 February, 2008) was a French writer and filmmaker. Books by Alain Robbe-Grillet* 1)      Mr. Robbe-Grillet’s family were mostly scientists and engineers. 2)      His occupation was that of an agricultural engineer. 3)      After he published his first novel The Erasers (Les Gommes) in 1953, Mr. Robbe-Grillet became a full time novelist. 4)      He became a literary advisor for Les Éditions de Minuit a position heoccupied from 1955 until 1985. 5)      By 1961 Mr. Robbe-Grillet published four novels. 6)      Last Year in Marienbad (L’Année dernière à Marienbad) was the first script he wrote. Afterwards he wrote and directed his own movies. 7)      The film was nominated for the 1963 Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and won the Golden Lion when it came out in 1961 8)      From 1971 to 1995, Mr. Robbe-Grillet held the position of a professor at New York University. He lectured on his own novels. 9)      His novel Djinn (1981) was the basis for an opera. 10)   He was elected a member of the Académie française in 2004 Books by Alain Robbe-Grillet* Zohar — Man of la Book *Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account   — Please like and follow ManOfLaBook.com —

Guest Post: Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / August 15, 2017

Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know Is it true that everyone has a book inside them, waiting to be written? Perhaps not, but you may well think you have a great idea for a story, how to guide, or memoir, just begging to be put down on paper. However, writing is book isn’t as easy as it looks. Here’s everything you need to know about writing a book yourself. You need to decide why you want to write The reason for writing a book will be different for everyone. You need to decide what your reasoning is, as it will inform how you approach writing. For example, you may want to write because you feel there’s a gap in the market for your book. Maybe you’ve been asked to write, or you just feel the need to get it down. Either way, know your reasoning before you start working. Work out why your book is unique There’s a lot of books being published every day, and there’s going to many that cover the same topics you’re covering. You need to discover just what it is that makes your unique. Does it look at a subject from a…

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